how-to-trim-pet-nails-vancouverNail Trimming

Regular nail trimming should be part of the grooming routine for your pet. Nails that are too long interfere with the way a dog walks and stands. Excessively long cat toenails can be easily caught on furniture. Toenails must be trimmed regularly to keep them a comfortable length.

With a little training and following the correct procedures, nail trimming becomes aquick and painless activity.


How to Trim Your Pet's Nails

  • First, the pet must become accustomed to having their feet handled. This should be done when they are very young, but even adult pets can be taught to accept it. Handle the feet while talking in a friendly, upbeat voice. Gradually, hold the paws for longer periods of time and remember to make this process fun with the use of special treats, praise and pats.


  • Always use the proper equipment. If you use nail trimmers that are dull or overly large and difficult to handle, it will only make this process difficult on you and possibly painful for your pet. Nail trimmers come in 2 basic types: Scissor or Plier type, and Guillotine type. The Guillotine type need to have the blade replaced regularly. The Scissor type is available in different sizes for dogs and cats.

  • It is easiest to trim your pet’s nails if they are in a sit on the floor at your side or positioned on a grooming table. Make sure it has secure footing or they will become very fidgety

  • Firmly grasp paw to be trimmed

  • Position the blade of the trimmer so that it is well below the quick (the blood and nerve supply of the nail) in each nail. Squeeze the handles firmly together, and voila!  One toenail trimmed! Proceed to trim the rest of the nails – and remember to trim the dewclaw as well.

  • If you accidentally cut into the quick, it will cause some bleeding and may cause your pet some discomfort. Be sure to downplay your reaction – if you make a big deal of it, your pet will too. For the bleeding, there is a specific product called Quick Stop Powder that can be used, or you could dab on some cornstarch to help stop the bleeding.

  • Lastly, praise your pet! Tell them how wonderful they behaved and give them a treat and a big hug!

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